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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Getting Ready for the Launch!

...Already this summer there has been once sucessful circumnavigation of Ireland by sea kayak(destroying the previous record by another Kokatat tem), a second well underway and so myself and Dan are starting the third one..

Over the last few weeks we have seen quite a mixture of weather in Ireland with nice highs in early April and with very mixed windy days during the last few weeks. And this week has been no different with over 70knots recorded in Belmullet on Monday. Weather of this strength and blowing this frequently wasn't expected however it has given us extra time to prepare for the adventure. So over the last two weeks myself and Dan have been putting the finishing touches to our boats adding new keelstrips and fitting bilge pumps. Dan has written up a handy step by step guide on installing the Henderson pump in your sea kayak here:

Finally there seems to be a small break in the forecasted gales and on Friday morning we are going to make a break for it, setting off from Howth slipway just North of Dublin Bay.

Here, this shot displays the majority of the kit needed for our 1600km journey around the coast. Included are our safety equipment, camping, cooking gear, food for 5 days and water for two:

Some of our goals for the trip include:
1. Most importantly growing sea kayakers beards.
2. Paddle with some whale's.
3. Finish the trip!

Some of the key pieces of equipment we have chosen for this expedition to keep safe and warm include:
The Kokatat Tectour Gore-tex cag-

Kokatats gore-tex whirlpool bib-

and the Ronin Pro PFD-

The expedition is being carried out in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation, a charity working to improve end of life care in Irish Hospitals. So far the fundraising has been very successful raising a total of €975 online and off.

Updates and photos from the journey will be located on the I-canoe blog @:
If you would like to donate a few euros to the Irish Hospice Foundation please visit:

1 comment:

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